panther

[pan-ther]
noun, plural panthers (especially collectively) panther.
1.
the cougar or puma, Felis concolor.
2.
the leopard, Panthera pardus.
3.
any leopard in the black color phase.
4.
Informal. a very fierce person.
5.
(initial capital letter) Military. a 43-ton (39 metric tons) German tank of World War II with a 75mm gun as its main armament.
adjective
6.
fierce; strong and violent.

Origin:
before 1000; < Latin panthēra < Greek pánthēr; replacing Middle English pantere (< Old French < Latin) and Old English pandher (< L)

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Panther

[pan-ther]

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1965–70

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panther (ˈpænθə)
 
n , pl -thers, -ther
1.  another name for the leopard, esp the black variety, which is known as the black panther
2.  (US), (Canadian) any of various related animals, esp the puma
 
[C14: from Old French pantère, from Latin panthēra, from Greek panthēr; perhaps related to Sanskrit pundarīka tiger]

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panther
c.1220, from O.Fr. pantere (12c.), from L. panthera, from Gk. panther, probably of Oriental origin, cf. Skt. pundarikam "tiger," probably lit. "the yellowish animal," from pandarah "whitish-yellow." Folk etymology derivation from Gk. pan- "all" + ther "beast" led to many curious fables.
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Out there, somewhere in the stillness, is the panther.
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